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Henry and June by Anais Nin
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From: Franz
Category: Books
Date: 20 October 2003

Review

Having read rather too much Henry Miller in my time, and cold shouldered Nin for too long; I took great pleasure in reading this. Miller/Nin is precious to us because it one of those few romances, the real and most fascinating subject, in History where both participants were pretty good writers. It might be irrelevant, but the diary form of course, even in its abridgement, leads to rather structureless and solipsistic text. By the end I was a little bored with Nin, it seemed that she just wanted everyone to be madly in love with her then that would be enough. Natural, I suppose. But, to make it a competition, Miller has more humour and self deprecation, and that makes his egotism more readable. Read Miller first, then Nin, but if you're a woman you may want it the other war round.

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